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#1 of 27 2004 Ford Explorer 4.0 SOHC timing chain noise
Mar 07, 2009 (3:22 pm)
I have a 2004 Explorer XLT 4.0 SOHC.
It is making a noise at the front of the engine.
My mechanic says it needs the timing chain replaced.
Cost $2,412.00. I can't afford anything near that.
Does anyone know the life expectancy of the chain
if I drive it the way it is?
#2 of 27 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer 4.0 SOHC timing chain noise [foot911]
Mar 26, 2009 (5:44 am)
How many miles u got? whats the sound exactly? typcially timing chain last pretty long time but needs to be replace every 100k or more miles. it clda be something else thats making noise. does your motor run rough or run good? do you maintain ur truck well? Hope i can help you after i get those answers. Thanks!
#3 of 27 2004 explorer engine noise
Jun 14, 2009 (11:07 am)
I have a 2004 explorer 4.0 v6 with 61k miles. I now have an intermittent noise coming from the front of the engine. It is not a knock . It just sounds like something is loose . Also a rough idle sometimes. I suspect that it is the same problem that i have just discovered that a lot of people are having. I want to know if anybody had this problem solved by replacing the timing tensioner or chain ?
#4 of 27 Re: 2004 explorer engine noise [wayne42]
Apr 30, 2010 (9:47 am)
mine does the same thing it has 125k miles and it has done this for a long time but I think it is the a/c condenser it has done this for apprx 40k miles.
Jan 29, 2008 (6:34 pm)
Every once in awhile my 1996 Explorer will make a whining noise on acceleration.. Just wondering if anyone has an idea on what it could be... Thank you
#7 of 27 2001 Highlander whining noise
Mar 03, 2008 (7:19 am)
Recently, my 2001 Toyota Highlander has a whining noise from underneath when it is cold. This comes when you accelerate, especially around the 45-60 mph range. Once it is warmed up, about 15-20 minutes it goes away. Any suggestions??
#8 of 27 Re: Whining noise? [bvilleteg62]
Mar 17, 2008 (5:34 pm)
I saw you note to the bulletin board at Edmunds about your explorer with the whining noise during accelleration. I have an 03 explorer and I have the same problem. I was told that I may need a new transmission although I have not yet confirmed that with another shop. What did you figure out? I'd really appreciate it if you'd share with me what you learned about the problem. Thanks.
#9 of 27 Re: Whining noise? [sborowka]
Apr 03, 2008 (8:28 am)
check out the pulleys , my idler pulley was making a loud whining sound, could be that....far less than a trans.
#10 of 27 Re: Whining noise? [sborowka]
Apr 17, 2008 (4:47 pm)
I have a 2003 Explorer and had to take it in multiple times to get the whining noise diagonosed. The noise happened when I accelerated in cold weather. They replaced the alternator (it was under warranty) and it was fine for a couple of years. But now it does it again (and it's out of warranty). I talked to a mechanic yesterday about it and he said that Ford has always had a problem with this alternator and it's bad again.